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Saturday, February 03, 2007

In The Dark? A One Eyed Mother



So Thursday, Nathan (as is routine) enjoyed his 1 cup purchase of popcorn at school. This is his limit as it just does wonders to his intestines. In fact, when he was about 3, our older kids watched him while dh and I went to sign papers for a new car. I later discovered that they had sat him in front of the TV and he devoured an entire bag of microwave popcorn. This led to a partial bowel obstruction and he was in the hospital for a week pooping popcorn, thus my 1 cup limit with him. Not to mention that at birth his colon ruptured and he had to have many surgeries to finally get him "hooked up" ... now the popcorn at school seems to be slowing down his digestive track too. Nothing too severe ... but I know that by Friday, things seem a bit sluggish :) And last night pushed me to the limit of ever allowing him another bite of popcorn; I've lost track of how many times I had to get up to tend to him ... over popcorn! But sometime between 1 and 2 AM, I decided to give him some sleepy medicine ... aka Benedryl. You know, just to give him a little chance to relax and fall asleep. (OK so it was for my benefit too.) My eyes were not working properly, in fact, only one eye would even open at this point of my exhaustion. I soon discovered that our liquid Benedryl was all gone. Next best thing I thought was a teaspoonful of NyQuil. Foolish me ... what did I go and do ... but with my one eye open ... I ended up giving him DayQuill instead; this only wired him even more! So this morning I have raccoon eyes and disheveled hair to match. Is he tired? No, he's still wired from my failed mission. Lesson learned: Take the time to fully wake up before giving your child sleepy medicine during the night and NO MORE POPCORN!

8 comments:

Maggie Ann said...

Wow, even though I'm a night owl..I vote for the Bendadryl too at that time of morning. Popcorn sounds downright dangerous for your son...wondor if its any good for the rest of us..I've heard its like an irritant for the bowel, but hey, the Indians introduced us to it didn't they? =)..I'm a teeny bit Cherokee sooooo... Hope you get caught up on your rest soon.

Saija said...

oh dear, poor you ... i need my sleep to function!

and i guess popcorn might be banned at your place, eh?

Pat said...

Oh, poor Nathan (and mom). My heart goes out to him. First he eats the forbidden food then mom gives him speed!
Hope by the time you read this every one is back to feeling better.
So I guess when I come one of those big tins of popcorn wouldn't be a welcome housewarming gift -huh?
I'll bring my own benadryl.

Michelle said...

oh no! Sorry neither of you got a good night's sleep! Hope it goes better tonight!

Mrs. Darling said...

Oh you poor dear. I do have to say though that I understand the popcorn thing. I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and popcorn can just double me over with pain. Hoep you found time for a nap.

Jada's Gigi said...

No popcorn?! What a life of misery..:) kidding...sounds like you had a night of misery anyway...hope things are better by now..

Maggie Ann said...

Just coming by to say Hi! Hope you are having a lazy & cozy day this frigid February day..=)

Tammy and Parker said...

Ahhh! I'm so sorry. I feel your pain, lol!

Alas, even Benadryl hypped all my kids up!

Man. Popcorn is a total staple around here. I wonder if Parker will have problems with it. That is of course if he ever decides to eat solid foods. sigh....

I need to email you too!